Imagine A Day Without Water

SAVE THE DATE: 2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest

Theme: Value of Water2022 Imagine a Day without Water Header

Accepting Art: September 28th - October 31st

Fan Favorite Voting: November 14th - 28th 

2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Flyer (PDF)

2022 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Poster (PDF)

2021 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest Winners

K – 2nd Grade 2021 Imagine a Day without Water Winner: Grant Smith

K – 2nd Grade Winner: Grant Smith, Mountaintop Montessori, 2nd Grade

3rd – 4th Grade 2021 Imagine a Day without Water Winner: Ruby Buchanan

3rd – 4th Grade Winner: Ruby Buchanan, Mountaintop Montessori, 4th Grade

5th – 6th Grade 2021 Imagine a Day without Water Winner: Nora Neathery

5th – 6th Grade Winner: Nora Neathery, Henley Middle School, 6th Grade

7th – 8th Grade 2021 Imagine a Day without Water Winner: Jane Friesen

7th – 8th Grade Winner: Jane Friesen, Village School, 7th Grade

9th – 12th Grade 2021 Imagine a Day without Winner: Isabella Sorrentio

9th – 12th Grade Winner: Isabella Sorrentio, Albemarle High School, 12th Grade

Fan Favorite 2021 Imagine a Day without Water Winner: Leilani Durrette

Fan Favorite Winner: Leilani Durrette, Henley Middle School, 6th Grade

Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or use to make food. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or brush your teeth. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires, pools would be closed, and farmers couldn’t water their crops. 

2021 Imagine a Day without Water National LogoWe are excited to announce that the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County Service Authority, and Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority are holding their 7th annual Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest. Each year, we ask youth to show us why we must value and save water in our community. This year’s contest has been modified once again to allow for more flexibility during COVID-19. Our goal is to provide the youth in our community with an opportunity for them to illustrate their love for water.


This year’s art contest is accepting entries starting on October 1st in anticipation for the National Imagine a Day without Water Day on October 21st. The contest will once again be open to all students in grades K – 12th in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Youth can submit original 2-D creations of any size, including original photography. We are asking the youth to consider this year’s theme of “Love Our Water” in their creation.

Submissions will still be accepted via direct mail or electronically through our submission and online voting platform. Submissions can be submitted by scanning the original work, uploading an image of the work, uploading an original photograph, or developed digitally; however, note that the means of submission may impact the quality of the artwork.

The Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest will accept artwork from October 1st to November 5th. Top entries will be made available for fan favorite voting from November 15th through 24th (LINK). Winners will be announced via press release on December 8th. Awards of a cash gift card and water conservation goodie bag will be given to the top entry in the four grade and fan favorite categories. Four teachers will also be honored for their support of the contest through a random drawing.

We are excited to see the youth’s creativity and what water means to them!



You can learn more about the Value of Water Coalition and the National Imagine a Day without Water Campaign on their website.

Imagine a Day without Water written on the Free Speech Wall


2021 Imagine a Day without Water Art Contest header

2021 Theme: "Love Our Water"

Important Dates:

Media Types Accepted:

  • Multiple submissions are allowed! Make sure you convey the contest theme: "Love Our Water".
  • Entries must be the work of one individual youth, no collaborations. 
  • Any original 2-dimentional artwork or photography.
  • Artwork can be any size and made with any type of medium. 
    • Suggested sizes for drawings: 11" x 8.5" (horizontal)
    • Suggested sizes for photography: 4:3 ratio (horizonal) 

How to Submit your Media?

Water Conservation
Department of Public Works
305 4th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Online Submission and Online Voting Website (Link)

Art Contest Flyer & Submission Form (PDF)

Art Contest Poster (PDF)


Contest Prizes

$200 Gift Card and Water Conservation Goodie Bags!2019 Imagine a Day without Art Contest Student and Teacher Winners with their art

Youth Prizes

Teacher Prizes

  • Four teachers randomly selected that participated, where the more students that participated from that teacher increased the odds of that teacher winning. 

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